Threat bids to display sparkle in Champagne Stakes

Connections of Threat hope to get a clearer notion about what his goal should be later he runs at the Pommery Champagne Stakes.
Richard Hannon hasn’t made any secret of the regard in which he holds the Cheveley Park Stud-owned colt, also admitted to being”gutted” after the Coventry Stakes runner-up again had to contend with small honours in the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood.
However, he got back on the winning course with an screen in the Gimcrack and will step up to seven furlongs for the first time on Town Moor.
Chris Richardson, Cheveley Park’s managing director, explained:”We had been eyeing up this race before he ran in the Gimcrack as a possible place where we could measure him up to seven furlongs. We have followed and I’m glad we’ve.
“He has to offer away 3lb, but it seems a fantastic place for him and it will tell us whether we should aim for the Middle Park or the Dewhurst or whatever else we decide to do at the end of the season.
“I’m told he is in very good shape, so we’ll see what happens.”
Threat’s Group two penalty means he has to concede 3lb to all his four competitors.
Hannon said:”He has got a great chance. He’s got a 3lb penalty, but he’s in great form.”
The Marlborough trainer took remarkable York winner from this Champagne to wait around for Newmarket, also included:”Mums Tipple is moving into the Middle Park.”
After justifying odds-on favouritism charlie Appleby is anticipating seeing Royal Crusade step up in standard.
He explained:”He’s a horse we have always liked and we’re quite pleased with his very first start at Newmarket.
“He came from the well, we have been happy with him since and we think he’s prepared to step up to this kind of level.
“His planning has gone and we’re looking forward to testing the water .”
Superlative Stakes runner-up Juan Elcano represents Kevin Ryan, together with all the Aidan O’Brien-trained set of Fort Myers and Royal Dornoch finishing the quintet.
The Group Two online card is the Hird Rail Group Park Stakes, for which Shine So is very likely to be a more favourite after reaching Group One winner Laurens off last month.
The Free Handicap had been previously won by andrew Balding’s grey and finished sixth in the 2000 Guineas.
Balding said:”He manages quick ground well and a replica of this York performance must see him move really near.
“My sole concern is that he had a quite difficult race that day. He’s had three months to get over it but he’d have a race.
“As he is showing no ill consequences of this I think he is the one they’ve got to conquer.”
Shine So Bright’s rivals are Sir Dancealot (David Elsworth), Turjomaan (Roger Varian), Never More (Aidan O’Brien), Azano (John Gosden) and Breton Rock (David Simcock).